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Pentax Optio VS20 Compact Digital Camera

Pentax Optio VS20 Compact Digital Camera - New Pentax Optio VS20, with a 16 megapixel sensor and 20x optical zoom lens.

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Pentax Optio VS20 in Compact Cameras

Optio VS20
Pentax have announced the launch of the new Pentax Optio VS20 digital compact camera. The latest addition to Pentax’s portfolio of compact cameras incorporates a full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features including 16 megapixel sensor, 20x optical zoom lens and a 3 inch colour LCD display.
Pentax Optio VS20
A highlight of this neat and compact camera is the extra powerful 20x zoom lens which features broad focal-length coverage from wide angle to super-telephoto and a macro mode. In addition, the camera benefits from an extra shutter-release button and zoom lever to provide a firm, comfortable grip during vertical-position shooting. The camera also comes with a new Handheld Night Snap mode which allows users to capture stunning images with minimal blur and noise even in dim light.

Key features:
  • 20x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage
  • Vertical-position shooting
  • 16 megapixel sensor
  • Triple anti-shake protection for sharp, blur-free images
  • Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode
  • New scene modes
  • Upgraded auto face recognition function with a new face recall function
  • High-quality HDTV-standard movie recording with pushbutton start
  • 3 inch LCD monitor
  • Digital level and 48-segment grid display functions
  • Wireless remote-control shooting option using a Pentax remote control
  • Stretch filter to extend a particular portion of an image for an eye-catching visual effect
  • Neck strap included
  • 13 digital filters, including newly added Sketch mode, to add creative visual effects
  • Choice of three ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications
  • D-Range setting to prevent loss of highlight or shadow detail in an image
  • Digital Panorama mode to allow users to create a single panoramic picture from three images
The Optio VS20 will be available in black and white from end of February 2012 with an RRP of £199.99. For more information please visit the Pentax website.

Pentax Optio VS20 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.1 - f/4.8
35mm equivalent28mm - 560mm
Optical Zoom20x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2500sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
    • Multi Pattern
    ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
    White balance
    • Auto
    • Manual
    • Outdoors/Daylight
    • Incandescent
    • Fluorescent
    • Shade
    Exposure Comp+/-2
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shooting1fps
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1280x720 HD 720p
    • 640x480 VGA
    • 320x240 QVGA
    Video FPS30, 15
    Stereo SoundNo
    Optical Zoom with VideoNo
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationYes
    USBUSB 2
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeRechargeable D-LI122 Luthium-ion battery
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)200shots
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsUSB cable I-USB7, AV-IAVC7 video cable, rechargeable battery Li-ion D-DLI92, battery charger D-BC92, O-ST104 strap and software.

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    mikesavage 15 299 2 England
    26 Jan 2012 2:58AM

    Quote:the camera benefits from an extra shutter-release button and zoom lever

    That's novel!

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    joshwa Plus
    7 846 United Kingdom
    26 Jan 2012 6:47AM
    It's also got a second tripod socket for portrait shots!
    mikesavage 15 299 2 England
    27 Jan 2012 2:54AM
    Pentax need to do something to revamp their range of zoom compacts: it's been a lacklustre affair for long enough.
    franken Plus
    15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
    27 Jan 2012 9:35AM

    Quote:Pentax need to do something to revamp their range of zoom compacts: it's been a lacklustre affair for long enough.

    I agree, I'm currently using Pentax Dslr's but look elsewhere when it comes to compacts.
    Pentax used to have some of the most perfect compacts around and although I have since graduated to Canon compacts (and Nikon SLRs) I still find myself using an old Pentx Optio S4i from time to time.

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